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Congratulations to the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners!

It was an exciting time earlier this morning in the US when the winners of the 2013 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced.  The Youth Media Awards include the prestigious Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal and the Printz Award.

Congratulations to all the winners!  I think it’s the first time that I’ve read and loved the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medal so I’m very pleased that they won.  Here are the winners and honour books:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

There were three Newbery Honour Books announced too:

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

This Is Not My Hat
There were five Caldecott Newbery Honour Books announced too:
  • Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
  • Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
  • Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
  • Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

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Picture books: latest picks

Some picks from our January Picture books newsletter including the lovely and uber-colourful sense books by PatrickGeorge:

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Have you read any of these books? If so, we’d love your feedback!

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Join us for the Oh No, George! Blog Tour

On Thursday we’ll be joined by a great new author and illustrator called Chris Haughton.  Chris’s new picture book is called Oh No, George and it’s about a very naughty dog.  I got the chance to ask Chris some questions about his new book and his work as an author and illustrator.  You will even have the chance to win a print of one of the illustrations from the book.

Check out this fantastic book trailer for Oh No, George.

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My new book – Head Hog

I have been busy visiting lots of schools and libraries lately, celebrating Children’s Bookweek here in Australia, and talking about myself and my books.

One of the books I’ve really enjoyed reading is my newest book, Head Hog, illustrated by Ben Wood. This one is fun to read because it has lots of silly words and phrases like ‘Bumpetty bompetty, bomp’ and “Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee”.  And it’s especially fun to read  because it is so brand new – meaning I’ve only read it aloud a few times. In fact this one’s so new that it hasn’t been released yet. I have my copies, and it’s for sale from the publisher’s website, but hasn’t been released to stores yet.

When I visit schools and read my books I often get asked which book is my favourite – and I always explain that I don’t have a favourite because it’s a bit like asking a Mum which child is her favourite. But, just like a mum is excited to show off her new baby, whenever I have a new book I love to show it off, because I know people haven’t seen it yet, and because I have often waited a long time to see the book published. In the case of Head Hog, I’ve had to wait a reaaaaally long time – because it’s been about six years since I started writing it.

So, while I don’t have a favourite book – here is my new baby for you to admire (the cover, anyway).


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NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Finalists 2011

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It’s a Book

Can it text? Blog? Scroll? Wi-fi? Tweet?

No…It’s a book.

If you love good old-fashioned paper books and don’t like the thought of reading books on a computer screen, you’ll love Lane Smith’s new picture book, It’s a Book.  Check out the funny book trailer.

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